The ball was created as a way to celebrate the Marine Corps' birthday and to provide a social gathering for retired Marines, Kowalski said.
The idea grew out of conversations between retired local Marines who attended Lance Cpl. Jonathan Kyle Price's funeral in January 2006. Price, a Woodlawn native, was killed while serving overseas in Iraq.
Kowalski and several others decided to organize an annual ball and also formed the Southern Illinois Marines, a nonprofit organization.
Tickets for the ball are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. They can be purchased in advance at the American Legion Post 141 or at the door the night of the event.
Even so, there are only a small number of tickets still available.
Most of the proceeds go toward the cost of putting on the ball. Any money left over is donated to charity.
Formal and semi-formal dress attire, including uniforms, are recommended but not mandatory.
For more information on the event, contact Kowalski at 214-0692.